'Er petticoat was yaller an' 'er little cap was green,
An' 'er name was Supi-yaw-lat -- jes' the same as Theebaw's Queen,
An' I seed her first a-smokin' of a whackin' white cheroot,
An' a-wastin' Christian kisses on an 'eathen idol's foot:
—Rudyard Kipling, (1892) "On the Road to Mandalay," from Barrack-room Ballads
The morning market in Pakokku.
Tobacco is cultivated in the surrounding Ayeyarwady floodplain, making Pakokku a bustling tabacoo trading center.
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Paolo (41222) 2005-10-26 4:06
Hi Elaine, wonderful shot, with a fantastic portrait of the old woman.
funny shot with that gigantic cigarette!
great colors and focus and a wonderful and amazing background, full of colors.
Luan (12971) 2005-10-26 4:09
Wow, the cigarett is amazing, very nice picture Elaine, I like this lady, her natural expression, she didn't notice your presence.
entrelec (8328) 2005-10-26 4:14
Nice portrait again, i have one of an old lady smoking like this.but in java.
She have leaves in hair?
riclopes (35577) 2005-10-26 4:17
Great close-up portrait! The lady is really concentrated and taking pleasure in smoking this cigar. And what a cigar!! Good colours and sharpness. Thank you for sharing,
Furachan (0) 2005-10-26 5:01
You are deep in Luko territory here but handled differently. Cherrots, ah...yes! Superb bokeh for delineation and a fantastically apt quote from one of my favorite (oikitically incorrect!!!) powems in the English language.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-10-26 5:23
Great DOF, I like how you have captured the expression of satisfaction on the lady, what a disproportionatley large cigar!
bantonbuju (51787) 2005-10-26 5:24
hi elaine, a great shot, it should be on every box of cigarettes instead of "smoking can seriously damage your health" or other non-convincing bulls...;
this portrait tells the whole story!
best wishes, j.
simonekarl (404) 2005-10-26 7:25
hi Elaine, this is a wonderful portrait, firstly your DOF is nice, blurring out the distraction of the million colours and objects of the market, secondly you seem to have managed to get in close and not get a reaction from her (natural) and thirdly you have caught an amazing moment.
The face of this woman is full of character and that whopping big smoke, very very good. Excellent note too.
falves (1405) 2005-10-26 8:01
Wonderful portrait on this old woman. Like her satisfied look with that giant cigarette.
Nice DOF and details.
mrbialy (2568) 2005-10-26 8:19
Hello. Interesting image with very interesting women as well. Great cought moment and captured. Very good quality. I like full of colours background. Great women with her "small" cigarrete, and of course her strong expression on the face. good stuff and good luck
Seena (0) 2005-10-26 8:39
great shot. so funny but good portraits
hugolef (4909) 2005-10-26 8:58
Hé hé ... want the same ... the big travel to a good world ... was she addicted ?
A funny portrait, i like the bokeh, and her expression.
olopez (4959) 2005-10-26 9:41
What a cigarette!
Very nice portrait, very good DOP.
Thanks for Kipling's cite.
don_narayan (2014) 2005-10-26 10:18
Hi Elaine. wonderful shot, nice, sharp details. the smoke looks great... the DoF as well. nice job.
Bien (4745) 2005-10-26 12:40
Hoi Elaine, This is such a fantastic portrait, wow , what a blow! This lady defenitely seems to find a lot of satisfaction in her big cigar. It looks like anything could have happened around her; she wouldn't have noticed. Her gaze is focussed on eternity. An exceptional shot! Sabine
PS ik denk eraan om begin volgend jaar naar Myanmar te trekken en vroeg me of je het erg vindt als ik je eens een email stuur met wat vragen. Zeg maar gerust als je daar geen tijd voor zou hebben. Maar ik wou gewoon naar wat aanbevelingen hengelen.
flydragon (0) 2005-10-26 14:06
hahahh this is not to big ;o)
funny pics lol
remind me some farmer i met in the burma border
i've tried one day coff coff omg it was so strong
heheeh all people there was laughting at me ;o/
nice shot Elaine and good detail
gaby (19819) 2005-10-26 15:20
Elaine bonsoir - wonderful - strange atmosphere - great and very well done -
arindam_thokder (3987) 2005-10-26 20:14
I love this picture, is their tumeric on her face also?
Interesting face and good DOF. A very big cigar on her small mouth, nice expression.
tinamunk3 (6408) 2005-10-31 3:25
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha - yes this is the wife of my smoking man :o)
Great shot - I just love those big cigars.
ChrisJ (104209) 2005-10-31 3:31
A superb daily life shot of the cheroot? I've seen similar images to this used as covers for travel brochures. Good dof & sharpness. Well done!
fireflyz (2097) 2005-10-31 15:54
what a nice portrait of this interesting old lady! Nice DOF and composition. TFS..
smael (2878) 2005-12-02 9:06
He he! Yes I think it's the same woman too!
The picture is a good portrait, though she
might could have a glanse at you!
Did you use flash?
If so, I guess working with natural light, would
make for the background to be lighter, and
maybe get less powerful, yet telling the story
that it's from a market...
lucasdasilva (557) 2006-06-30 15:55
good portet, what a cigar. I like my havanas :)))
wishnugaruda (1305) 2006-11-07 12:07
it's me again looking to more of your shots.
This is also a VIP-Lady - I also met her on a market and made some shots, haha.
Thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (14698)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-10-15
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 70
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Big cigars, Thank you for smoking.... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-10-26 4:03
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